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May 2003 Newsletter
on Advancing Women's Skills | Blue Ridge Career Center
| Character Traits |
| Murray County Rated #1 | Words of Praise from WIA Parent | WIA Reauthorization | NWGa News |
| Larry Beck Named Assistant Commissioner | Southeast Lineman Training Center | Rockmart High School Student Honored |
Dalton residents Karen White and Gebarb Acosta, New Connections to Work, recently attended a conference in Washing ton, D.C. organized by Women Work! The National Network for Women’s Employment.
Women Work!’s national conference brings together service providers and advocates from around the country for four days of skill-building, networking and advocacy. Women Work! is the leading national organization working to empower displaced homemakers and single parents and assist them in achieving economic self-sufficiency through education, job training and employment.
“The Women Work! Conference was a great opportunity for us to tell other programs about New Connections to Work’s successful strategies for helping women to achieve economic self-sufficiency and to learn from our counterparts in other states,” says Ms. White. “Our services to women in this community will be strengthened and enhanced as a result of our participation in this conference.”
Dalton State College’s New Connections to Work program provides encouragement, support and training to women as they prepare for and enter the paid workforce. Last year New Connections to Work participated in the Career Expo and worked with local health and educational fairs. They held Continuing Education classes and participate in workshops at the Dalton One-Stop Career Center. New Connections to Work is located at both Dalton State College and the Dalton One-Stop Career Center. For more information about New Connections to Work, please call 706-272-4592.
Blue Ridge Career Center To Become Comprehensive One Stop
The Blue Ridge Career Center in Fannin County has received approval from the Workforce Investment Board to become a comprehensive “full service” One Stop Center. This will be the second in Northwest Georgia, the first is located in Whitfield county at the Dalton Career Center.
Becoming a comprehensive One Stop Center means that all the partner services will be located in the career center. This offers convenience for customers and allows partners to share resources. It has also been a planning goal of the One Stop Consortium to add additional comprehensive One Stop Centers.
West Central Technical College, located in Haralson County has also begun the application process. Once all three are in operation this will allow customers in both the northern counties and southern counties access to the full service centers.
Perseverance—steady persistence in working to achieve an objective.
works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance”
Positive Identity: Sense of Purpose—Young person reports that “my life has a purpose.”
Work Participation for Murray County Rated #1 in Region
Through hard work and cooperation with resource partners the participation rate in Murray County was raised by 14% up to 17.2%. Some of these partners include New Connections to Work, DOL’s Goodworks Program, Vocational Rehabilitation and WIA.
Rosemary Smith, Employment Services Case Manager for Murray County, stated she could not have done this alone. Cooperation between Partners, case workers and customers results in increased participation through employment services, leading to smaller case loads and fewer repeat applicants. The key is to place applicants in jobs that better suit their individual needs.
Words of Praise from Parent of WIA graduate
Words of praise were sent in from one
satisfied parent. WIA can make the difference!
am the proud parent of a Career Depot graduate and would like to thank
Proposed WIA Reauthorization Discussed at SETA Luncheon
Dr. Helen Parker, USDOL Regional Administrator for Employment and Training Administration for Region 3 spoke at a luncheon during the SETA conference held in March. She reviewed proposed amendments to the Workforce Investment Act. Below are the summary points that were covered.
Northwest Georgia News
Northwestern Technical College received a National Merit Award for having one of the top 50 pass rates in the nation in its surgical technology program. This award was given by the Liaison Council on Certification for Surgical Technology and is presented to schools where more than 90% of students in a program pass the national certification exam. Congratulations, Northwestern!
Commissioner Michael Thurmond recently presented the following Georgia Department of Labor awards. Unilever of Cartersville received the Private Sector Award for it’s outstanding workplace safety program. The Award of Excellence for workplace safety was presented to Harriet & Henderson Yarn Company of Cedartown, Gold Kist, Inc. of Calhoun, and North American Container Corporation of Adairsville. Congratulations to all the award winners!
Lucy Hale, Workforce Investment Coordinator/Career Advisor at Coosa Valley Tech has been named a Master Career Development Professional by the National Career Development Association. She is one of the first in the nation to achieve this honor.
Larry Beck Named Assistant Commission for Rehabilitative Services
State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond announced today that he has named Larry Beck of Cartersville the Georgia Department of Labor’s Assistant Commissioner for Rehabilitation Services. Beck, a 32-year veteran of the department, has served for the past 21 months as acting assistant commissioner and transition leader for the merger of the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) from the state’s Department of Human Resources to the Labor Department.
“In his role as acting commissioner, Larry provided outstanding leadership that ensured the successful merger of Rehabilitation Services with the Labor Department,” said Thurmond. “I’m very pleased to now appoint him as the permanent assistant commissioner, so that he can continue our efforts to create, develop, and access opportunities for full participation of persons with disabilities.
“I’m truly excited to have the opportunity to assure that persons with disabilities have the opportunities that Commissioner Thurmond envisions in a world-class workforce,” said Beck. “As the economy recovers, the renewed focus on training, skills, and appropriate support, such as assistive technology, will create new opportunities for persons with disabilities.”
Two WIA participants from the Northwest Georgia Workforce Area graduated from the Electrical Lineworker Program at Southeastern Lineman Training Center in Rising Fawn, Georgia. Eddie Abercrombie from Murray County and Terry Sparks from Walker County successfully completed the 16-week course April 17, 2003. In the Lineworker Program, students learn how to climb wood poles, install crossarms and hardware on poles, install underground systems, install conductors and pole-line equipment, operate the equipment, and learn to use various tools of the trade in simulated conditions. Students work in crews and learn that individual success depends on teamwork.
Rockmart High School Student Honored
Lori Strong, a student at Rockmart High School was recently honored by the Focus on Abilities Council. At the Council’s annual awards luncheon Lori was named Student of the Year for her outstanding job performance and attention to career goals.
Lori is a youth participant in the Workforce Investment Program (WIA). She works as a teaching assistant with pre-school children and is a member of the Rockmart High School chapter of the Vocational Opportunities Club of America. The Workforce Investment Board, WIA staff, and Rockmart High are very proud of Lori’s accomplishments.
Congratulations to Lori!